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'No room for corporal punishment at schools'
Islamabad, June 27: Plan International's global advocacy campaign titled "Learn without
Fear" was launched on Friday with the objective to prevent all forms of violence
against children in schools.
Federal Minister and Chairperson of the Benazir
Income Support Programme Farzana Raja inaugurated the campaign, which was
attended by a large number of senior government officials, diplomats,
representatives of national and international development organisations, civil
society and media persons.
Roger Braden, Acting Country Director of Plan
Pakistan delivered a welcome speech on the occasion.
Quoting from a study
conducted by Plan Pakistan in Punjab, he said the practice of corporal
punishment was at 89 per cent in the areas researched and contrary to popular
belief, it is practised equally in both rural and urban settings.
the occasion Chief Guest Federal Minister and Chairperson Benazir Income Support
Programme Farzana Raja said that she was pleased to see Plan Pakistan taking up
an initiative to curb school-related violence.
"If we want to seriously
address the issue of violence prevalent in our society, we have to ensure that
our schools become places where our children learn about peace and tolerance,"
she said. She further stressed that violence should never be allowed and
everyone had the right to live in non-violent ways.
"Our government is
committed to improving the status of education for all in Pakistan and is
working towards the goal of a healthy and prosperous nation", she added. While
speaking at the occasion Ramrajya Joshi, the Programme Support Manager of Plan
Pakistan made a presentation on Plan and its work in Pakistan.
She commented that the Plan had been working in Pakistan since 1997 and was
currently sponsoring 25000 children in Pakistan.
"Plan covers the areas of
health, education, livelihood, child and gender rights as well as disaster risk
reduction", she added.
APP adds: The campaign aims at preventing all forms of
violence against children in schools. This may include corporal punishment,
sexual abuse, neglect, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, bullying, peer-to-peer
violence, youth gangs, use of weapons and harassment on the journey to and from
school and has been launched in 66 countries worldwide by Plan.
Kamal, Communications Manager talked about the global advocacy campaign of Plan
and its focus in Pakistan being Corporal Punishment.
Talking about the
campaign's vision, she said "Our vision is of a world where children can go to
school in safety and expect a quality learning experience without fear or
threats of Violence."
Natasha said that the campaign aimed at creating
awareness among all stakeholders on the issue of violence against children with
a focus on corporal punishment. The "Learn without Fear" Campaign song was also
launched and the song has been sung by the famous singer Abbas Ali Khan and
composed and arranged by Salman Albert, this song was done on voluntary basis by
both the artists.
The launch mementoes were presented to singer Abbas Ali
Khan and Salman Albert for their contribution and participation in the "Learn
without Fear" Campaign. Plan is an international humanitarian, child focused
development organisation without religious, political or government
affiliations. The Nation
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US gives 600 ELT programmes to public schools
Islamabad: The US has provided 600 digital English Language
Teaching (ELT) programmes for distribution in Pakistan's public schools during a
ceremony hosted at the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU). According to a press
release issued by the US Embassy, the digital programmes, on CD-ROM, are funded
through a $41,000 grant to AIOU by the US Embassy. The one-year digital course
is designed for students in grades 6 to 10 and will be used in approximately
1,600 public schools across Pakistan. The CD-ROMs along with teachers'
instructional manuals will help both children and adults to increase their
proficiency in the English language. Daily Times
"ELT course can play more effective roll to improve english language in our public schools. kindly send us 2 copies to following schools, 1.Govt Communty Mode; Girls high School Shaheedanwali. Mandi Baha Ud Din. 2.Govt.Highersy School Khewa,Mandi baha ud di. "
Name: iqbal zia
City, Country: Mandi baha ud din,Pakistan
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Urdu University exams from July 1
Islamabad: The controller of examination at Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology has
announced a schedule for annual examinations of Bachelor of Arts, B.Com and MA.
According to an announcement, the examinations for BA previous and final years
will commence on July 1 and conclude on July 21. Similarly, B.Com (private)
examinations will start on July 2 and end on July 20. The examinations for MA
will be held from July 3 to July 14.
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IIU team to take part in Kazakhstan moot
Islamabad: A delegation of International Islamic University (IIU) will participate in the 8th session and
third congress of the Secretariat of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions
scheduled to be held in Kazakh capital Astana from June 29 to July 2. IIU
President Dr. Anwar Hussain Siddiqui will lead the delegation, said a press
release issued here on Friday. The other delegation members included Dr.
Sahibzada Sajid-ur-Rehman, Director Dawah Academy, Professor Abdul Jabbar
Shakir, Director of the Seerah Study Centre and Seerah Library, Islamic Research
Institute (IRI), Dr.Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, Faculty of Shariah and Law (FSL) and
Dr. Zafarullah Baig, deputy dean Faculty of Islamic Studies (Usuluddin). The News
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